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La politique forestière en mutation : une sociologie politique du rapport secteur-territoire

Abstract : This thesis contributes to the study of change in French forest policy since the early 1990s through presenting a multi-scalar analysis of policy choices. This was carried out through the application of a theoretical and analytical framework drawn from political sociology and historical institutionalism. Re-Problematizing the 'sector - territory' relationship led me first to question the reconfiguration of the state forest model centered on the national scale and second to hypothesize the institutionalization of the sub-national scale. The empirical research that I conducted - particularly on the basis of a series of semi-structured interviews with key actors in Aquitaine - generated two sets of findings and one general conclusion. First, I found that the forestry sector is currently undergoing significant change. Actors are engaged in a greening process which has resulted in an increase in tensions between timber production and conservation of forest resources issues and a questioning of the effectiveness of past policies. Second, this shift in forest policy is associated with a strengthening of the legitimacy of the national scale of government at the expense of the sub national one. In this context, the role of public actors is ambiguous. State representatives alternate between advancing proactive discourses and operational disengagement, while regional councils get more involved in the implementation of forest policies. By way of conclusion, I argue that this situation do not correspond to a desectorization of forest policy. Rather, it should be analyzed as a crisis of the territorial dimension of the forestry sector government which could be further grasped through a similar study of the European government of forest related issues.
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Arnaud Sergent. La politique forestière en mutation : une sociologie politique du rapport secteur-territoire. Science politique. Université Montesquieu - Bordeaux IV; Sciences Po Bordeaux; Centre Émile Durkheim UMR 5116, 2013. Français. ⟨NNT : ⟩. ⟨tel-00833235⟩



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